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The children's blizzard / Melanie Benjamin.

Available copies

  • 52 of 90 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

5 current holds with 90 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch FIC BENJAMI CHI (Text) 34207002350982 Adult Fiction Reshelving -
Andrews-Dallas PL - Andrews F BEN (Text) 73351000056671 Adult Fiction Available -
Attica PL - Attica F BENJAMIN, MELANIE (Text) 74231000124511 Adult Fiction Checked out 05/26/2021
Batesville Mem. PL - Batesville F BENJAMIN M. (Text) 34706001686684 Adult Fiction Checked out 05/25/2021
Benton Co PL - Fowler F BEN (Text) 34044001032141 Adult Fiction Available -
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main FIC BEN (Text) 36803001137061 FICTION Available -
Brownstown PL - Brownstown FIC BENJAMI (Text) 79361000119951 Adult Fiction Available -
Butler PL - Butler FIC BENJAM (Text) 73174005042921 Adult: Fiction Checked out 05/21/2021
Cambridge City PL - Cambridge City F Ben (Text) 76893000272498 Adult Fiction Available -
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola FIC BENJAMIN M (Text) 33118000196127 Adult: New Book Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399182280
  • ISBN: 0399182284
  • Physical Description: 351 pages : map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2021]

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Summary, etc.:
A story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren. The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats--leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At just the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions: keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn't get lost in the storm. Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this gripping novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers--one who becomes a hero of the storm, and one who finds herself ostracized in the aftermath. It's also the story of Anette Pedersen, a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson, a newspaperman seeking redemption. It was Woodson and others like him who wrote the embellished news stories that lured Northern European immigrants across the sea to settle a pitiless land. Boosters needed them to settle territories into states, and they didn't care what lies they told these families to get them there--or whose land it originally was. At its heart, this is a story of courage, of children forced to grow up too soon, tied to the land because of their parents' choices. It is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground, and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today--because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country.
Subject: Blizzards > Dakota Territory > History > Fiction.
Pioneers > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Immigrants > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Dakota Territory > History > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Disaster.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.

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